Monday, July 01, 2013

Porter Airlines #Toronto to Ottawa

I took an overnight trip to Ottawa and flew from the Toronto Island Airport (Billy Bishop) with Porter Airlines for the first time, and I like it. The Nation's capital city is a great place to do some sightseeing and I squeezed in as much as I could in the short time I was there. Troopers provide an honour guard at the National War Memorial by the Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel. They can't speak while on duty but you can pose beside them.

The Rideau Canal empties into the Ottawa River

I caught the Airport's free shuttle from Front and York Streets and arrived at the ferry terminal where we were transported across the harbour by one of the world's shortest ferry rides. The ferry will soon be supplemented by an underground pedestrian tunnel which is being built right now. Across the water you enter the airport terminal which features an excellent
Airport Shuttle runs approximately every 15 minutes between the Royal York/Union Station area to the hourbourfront airport location. It has moved from the SW corner of Front and York Streets more to the west (in front of Starbucks) because of the recent road construction. Once dropped off it is a very short walk into the ferry terminal where you join a lineup to get on the free ferry. UPDATE: The Pedestrian tunnel is open now (July 30, 2015) so with a set of elevators and a couple of escalators you are at the airport - no boat trip required.
The new tunnel to the Island Airport
WWI biplane greets you as you head up the escalators
On the ferry
A view of the airport facility
An aerial view of Ontario Place and Exhibition Place
Wheels down in Ottawa
Flying back on the Porter DASH twin engine turbo prop airplane. The staff and facilities are first class and they offer free snacks, coffee, water and on plane free alcohol.
Coming back to the mainland on the ferry
The Ottawa gates of Chinatown

See more of Ottawa and Porter Airlines after the jump.

The eternal flame on the Parliament grounds
Parliament Hill getting ready for Canada Day's celebrations and fireworks
An outdoor art installation of the indoors at Ottawa City Hall
A replica of Billy Bishop's French Nieuport 17 biplane hangs from the ceiling
Looking across to the city and the CN Tower
The waterfall sign at Ottawa International Airport

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1 comment:

Roger Silva said...

Great coverage of your trip!
I especially loved the airplane wheel shot!
Great job James!

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